PoliticoPro: Last major soda bill dies in Assembly Health Committee (CMTA MFG Breaker Bill SB 347)

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Capitol Update, July 10, 2019 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

By Angela Hart, PoliticoPro -- July 2

SACRAMENTO — A bill requiring health warning labels on soda and sugary drinks died today in the Assembly Health Committee, marking the defeat of the last major bill this year targeting their consumption.

Citing the immense power of the soda industry, Sen. Bill Monning announced after presenting his bill, CA SB347 (19R), that he would convert it into a "two-year bill."

"Unfortunately the power of this industry is influencing a health committee," Monning said in a surprise twist. "It's with great regret that we have fallen short of [the] necessary votes today."

Monning said he plans to re-introduce it next year "with the hope that there might be the votes from the health committee, to protect the health of all Californians."

It was the last proposal in a five-bill package backed by doctors and dentists to die this year. Other measures included a statewide soda tax; a ban on large fountain drinks; a prohibition on sugary drinks near supermarket checkout stands; and a ban on beverage discounting methods ... READ MORE on Politico PRO


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